Lisbeth Louderback

Lisbeth Louderback

Curator of Archaeology, Natural History Museum of Utah
Assistant Professor, Anthropology Department, University of Utah
Email: llouderback@anthro.utah.edu
Phone: 801-585-2634

Curriculum Vitae

Biography

Education

  • Ph.D. 2014, Anthropology Department, University of Washington. Project: The Ecology of Human Diets during the Holocene at North Creek Shelter, Utah
  • M.A. 2009, Anthropology Department, University of Washington
  • M.A. 2007, Department of Anthropology, University of Nevada, Reno. Project: Changes in Vegetation and Human Adaptation from the latest Pleistocene to late Holocene in the eastern Great Basin: the Blue Lake pollen record.
  • B.A. 1999, Psychology and Biology, Mills College

Biography

I bring a strong interdisciplinary background to archaeology with my technical expertise in archaeobotany and paleoecology. Micro- and macrobotanical materials provide biological clues to past climates and local resources that help define human subsistence patterns and how they fluctuated through time. This allows me to explore how people coped with environmental change during the late Pleistocene and Holocene in western North America, with a particular focus on the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau. Ongoing projects include: 1) the ecology of human diets during the Holocene at North Creek Shelter, Utah; 2) ground stone technology and the processing of tuber plants in the Colorado Plateau using starch grain analysis; 3) cultivation/domestication of wild plant species in western North America (i.e., Solanum jamesii, Chenopodium berlandieri).

Languages

  • Spanish, functional.

Teaching

Current Courses

Spring 2015

  • ANTH 4900-002 Internship. Location: ( )

Courses I Teach

  • Anth 4340 - Paleoethnobotany.
    Paleoethnobotany (sometimes called “archaeobotany”) is the study of plant remains from archaeological sites and how people in the past utilized plants. Several kinds of information can be derived from archaeological plant remains, including subsistence strategies, past diets, plant domestication, environmental change and social differentiation. This class will introduce you to the methods and applications of paleoethnobotany, including macro- and microbotanical remains. Labs will primarily focus on macrobotanical analyses while seminars will address theory and applications. You will develop a comprehensive understanding of paleoethnobotany and learn how archaeologists, paleoecologists and even forensic anthropologists use plant remains to inform them of past human behavior and environmental conditions.

Teaching Projects

  • Methods in Paleoethnobotanical Analysis. Project Lead: Lisbeth A. Louderback. N/A 11/25/2014 - present.

Student Projects

  • Re-examination of Botanical Remains and Analysis of Diet Breadth at Cowboy Cave and Sudden Shelter. Margaret Baker. 11/25/2014 - present

Research

Research Summary

I bring a strong interdisciplinary background to archaeology with my technical expertise in archaeobotany and paleoecology. Micro- and macrobotanical materials provide biological clues to past climates and local resources that help define human subsistence patterns and how they fluctuated through time. This allows me to explore how people coped with environmental change during the Holocene in western North America, with a particular focus on the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau.

Research Keywords

  • Archaeology, Interest Level: 5
  • Ethnobotany and paleoethnobotany, Interest Level: 5
  • Paleoecology, Interest Level: 5
  • Plant domestication, Interest Level: 5

Publications

Search my publications on PubMed or USpace.

  • Louderback, Lisbeth A. and Bruce M. Pavlik. Integrating Modern Vegetation and Ethnographic Data to Understand Past Human Diets at North Creek Shelter, Utah. In progress, 03/09/2015.
  • Louderback, Lisbeth A. Archaeobotanical Analyses of Human Diets at North Creek Shelter, Utah. In progress, 03/09/2015.
  • Louderback, L.A., Field, J., Janetski, J.C. Curation Practices and Extraction Methods in Relation to Starch Grain Yiields from Ground Stone Artifacts. Submitted, 05/22/2015.
  • Louderback, Lisbeth A., David Rhode, David B. Madsen, Michael Metcalf. Rapid Vegetation Shifts in the Uinta Mountains (Utah and Wyoming, USA) during the Late Pleistocene and Holocene. Submitted, 01/31/2015.
  • Rhode, David, Lisbeth A. Louderback (2015) Bonneville Basin Environments during the Pleistocene-Holocene Transition. In Madsen, D.B., Schmitt, D. and Page, D. (Eds.) The Paleoarchaic Occupation of the Old River Bed Delta. University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City, UT. Published, 02/03/2015.
  • Louderback, Lisbeth A., Bruce M. Pavlik, Amy M. Spurling (2013) Ethnographic and Archaeological Evidence Corroborating Yucca as a Food Source, Mojave Desert, USA. Journal of Ethnobiology 33(2): 281-297. Published, 01/01/2013.
  • Louderback, Lisbeth A., Donald K. Grayson, Marcos Llobera (2011) Middle Holocene Climates and Human Population Densities in the Great Basin, western USA. The Holocene 21(2): 366-373. Published, 03/01/2011.
  • Benson, L.V., S.P. Lund, J.P. Smooth, D.E. Rhode, R.J. Spencer, K.L. Verosub, L.A. Louderback, C.A. Johnson, R.O. Rye, R.M. Negrini (2011) The Rise and Fall of Lake Bonneville between 45 and 10.5 ka. Quaternary International 235: 57-69. Published, 09/2011.
  • Louderback, Lisbeth A., David Rhode (2009) 15,000 Years of Vegetation Change in the Bonneville Basin: The Blue Lake Pollen Record, Quaternary Science Reviews, 29, 1-19. Published, 01/2009.
  • Rhode, David., Lisbeth A. Louderback (2007) Dietary Plant Use in the Bonneville Basin during the Terminal Pleistocene-Early Holocene Transition. In K.E. Graf and D.N. Schmitt, Paleoindian or Paleoarchaic? Great Basin Human Ecology at the Pleistocene-Holocene Transition, pp. 231-247. University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City. Published, 09/2007.

Presentations

  • The Dietary Inventory and Dietary Palette at North Creek Shelter, Utah. Paper presented at the Great Basin Anthropological Conference (GBAC), Boise, ID (first author with Bruce M. Pavlik). Presentation, Presented, 10/2014.
  • Patterns of Chenopodium Seed Use at North Creek Shelter, Utah. Paper presented at the Great Basin Anthropological Conference (GBAC), Boise, ID (second author with Kayla Worthey and David Rhode). Presentation, Presented, 10/2014.
  • Frontiers of Archaeobotany in the Great Basin and northern Colorado Plateau. Symposium organizer (with Nicole Herzog) at the Great Basin Anthropological Conference (GBAC), Boise, ID. Presentation, Presented, 10/2014.
  • Patterns of Chenopodium spp. use at North Creek Shelter, Utah. Poster presented at the Society of American Archaeology (SAA), Austin, TX (second author with Kayla Worthey). Poster, Presented, 04/2014.
  • The Ecology of Diet Breadth During the Early to Middle Holocene at North Creek Shelter, Utah. Symposium participant at the Society of American Archaeology (SAA), Austin, TX (first author with Joel Janetski and Judith Field). Presentation, Presented, 04/2014.
  • Seeds of Change: The impacts of climate change on dietary choice and human occupation patterns in Early Holocene North America. Archaeology First Thursdays, Portland State University, Oregon. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 05/2013.
  • Yucca Roasting and Basketmaker to Post-Puebloan Occupations of Coyote Springs Valley, SE Nevada. Poster at Society of American Archaeology (SAA), Honolulu, HI (fourth author with Amy Spurling, Mary Ann Vicari, Victor Villagran). Poster, Presented, 04/2013.
  • Seeds of Change: The impacts of climate change on dietary choice and human occupation patterns in Early Holocene North America. Invited speaker: BEES Seminar Series, University of New South Wales, Australia. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/2013.
  • 30 Years On: Archaeology and Behavioral Ecology in the Great Basin. Symposium organizer (with Michael Cannon and Jack Broughton) at the Great Basin Anthropological Conference (GBAC), Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Presentation, Presented, 10/2012.
  • 12,000 Years of Climate and Vegetation Change in the northern Uinta Mountains, western North America. Invited speaker, paper presented at the American Quaternary Association (AMQUA), Duluth, MN (first author with D. Rhode, D.B. Madsen, and M. Metcalf). Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 06/2012.
  • Formative Period Research from the Milford Wind Corridor Project. Paper presented at the Great Basin Anthropological Conference (GBAC), Davis, Utah (third author with Kiera Simms, Amy Spurling, and Mike Cannon). Presentation, Presented, 10/2010.
  • Packrats, Pollen and Pine I: Holocene Vegetation History in Northwest Colorado. Paper presented at the Rocky Mountain Anthropological Conference (RMAC) Gunnison, CO (second author with D. Rhode, D.B. Madsen, and M. Metcalf). Presentation, Presented, 10/2009.
  • Packrats, Pollen and Pine II: The Flat Tops Pollen Records and Implications for Regional Millennial-Scale Climate Cycles. Paper presented at the Rocky Mountain Anthropological Conference (RMAC), Gunnison, CO (third author with D.B. Madsen, D. Rhode and M. Metcalf). Presentation, Presented, 10/2009.
  • Development of Grinding Stone Technology in the Great Basin, western North America. Paper presented at the 75th Anniversary Meeting Society of American Archaeology (SAA), St. Louis, Missouri. Presentation, Presented, 04/2009.
  • Holocene Vegetation History in Northwest Colorado and Southwest Wyoming: New Results from Packrat Middens and Pollen Cores. Poster presentation at PACLIM Conference, Asilomar, CA (second author with D. Rhode). Poster, Presented, 03/2009.
  • “Into the Holocene: Archaeological Implications for Climatic and Biotic Variations.” Symposium presented at the 31st Biennial Great Basin Anthropological Conference, Portland, Oregon (Symposium organizer). Presentation, Presented, 10/2008.
  • Middle Holocene Human Behavioral Responses in the Great Basin of Western North America. Paper presented at the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) 72nd Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada (second author with Donald K. Grayson). Presentation, Presented, 04/2008.
  • Climate Change and Human Adaptation in the Bonneville Basin: The Blue Lake Pollen Record and Archaeology of Bonneville Estates Rockshelter. Paper presented at the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) 72nd Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada (with Ted Goebel, Kelly Graf, Bryan Hockett, and David Rhode). Presentation, Presented, 04/2008.
  • Paleoenvironmental Research on the Piceance Basin Lateral and REX Pipeline Project: A Preliminary Report. Paper presented at the Rocky Mountain Anthropological Conference (RMAC), Jackson Hole, Wyoming (with David Rhode, David B. Madsen, and Michael Metcalf). Presentation, Presented, 10/2007.
  • Holocene Vegetation Change and Human Plant use in the Northwest Bonneville Basin, Nevada/Utah. Poster presented at the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) 71st Annual Meeting, Austin, Texas (with D. Rhode). Poster, Presented, 04/2007.
  • Latest Pleistocene/ Holocene Vegetation Change at Blue Lake, western Bonneville Basin, Utah. Paper presented at the 30th Biennial Great Basin Anthropological Conference (GBAC), Las Vegas, NV (with D. Rhode). Presentation, Presented, 10/2006.
  • Latest Pleistocene/ Holocene Vegetation Change at Blue Lake, western Bonneville Basin, Utah. Poster presented at American Quaternary Association (AMQUA) Biennial Meeting. Bozeman, MT (with D. Rhode). Poster, Presented, 06/2006.
  • Terminal Pleistocene/Early Holocene Vegetation Change and Human Adaptation in the Bonneville Basin. Presentation for University of Nevada, Reno Geography Lecture Series: “Arid Lands and the People Who Use Them”. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 05/2006.
  • Latest Pleistocene/ Holocene Vegetation Change at Blue Lake, western Bonneville Basin, Utah. Poster presented at PACLIM (Climate Variability of the Eastern North Pacific and Western North America) Conference. Asilomar, CA (with D. Rhode). Poster, Presented, 03/2006.
  • Into the Archaic: Dietary Plant Use in the Prearchaic (Paleoarchaic?) in the Bonneville Basin. Paper presented at Society for American Archaeology (SAA) 70th Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah (second author with D. Rhode). Presentation, Presented, 04/2005.

Service

Professional Service

  • Utah Archaeology Journal (Utah Professional Archaeology Council). Editorial Board member. 03/05/2015 - present

 

Last Updated: 11/28/16